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Beckford Silk Stuff

Beckford Silk Stuff

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Designed by Donald Hamilton Fraser and printed by Beckford Silk for The Genius of Venice exhibition at The Royal Academy, 1983/4

Abstract by Donald Hamilton Fraser for the Royal Academy. Circa early 1980s

Gillian Ayres. Her work is richly coloured and in fact her original scarf design contained many more colours. In order to make the scarf commercially viable we had to bring the number of screens down to ten and so when Gillian visited us at Beckford, she went through the design with us, pointing out exactly which shade of colours she wanted us to use.

Gourmet by Patrick Heron. This scarf was produced for a major exhibition of his work at the Tate in London in 1998. Unfortunately not well enough at the time to produce a new design, my father went to visit him and Patrick Heron chose this design (originally done in 1947) from his archive and then worked with James on re-colouring it for the exhibition.

Behind the Scenes at Beckford Silk: in the Stenter room where Rob explains how this 100 year old machine works.

Behind the Scenes at Beckford Silk: visitors watch James making up a batch of dye.

Behind the Scenes at Beckford Silk: in the steam room where the colour is fixed into the silk.

Behind the Scenes at Beckford Silk: Rob explains the printing process

Centenary silk scarf and tie designed for The Morgan Motor Co. by Beckford Silk

Design board for The Morgan Motor Company centenary scarf and tie

Close up of the Pietra Dura velvet scarf designed by Beckford Silk for The Art Fund

Pietra Dura velvet discharge printed scarf by Beckford Silk

Beckford Silk: Designing a scarf

We often hand draw design elements which we then scan into Photoshop to produce a finished design

Design board for The Art Fund velvet scarf inspired by a pietra dura piece of furniture

Victoria working on scarf designs


Commissioned by Beckford Silk A Skein of Silk by sculptor John Poole, completed in 1990. It started as a 2 tonne block of Hopton Wood limestone and was carved down to approximately one tonne.

A. John Poole: Sculptor, letter-cutter and restorer whose love of architecture informed his monumental works - Obituaries - News - The Independent. This is the man who carved our stone sculpture at beckford Silk

Landscape design by Pat Albeck for The National Trust, printed by Beckford Silk 1978

Our new digital textile printing machine

Marthe Gardner in her original shop in the late 70s.

Great collection of silk fabrics and colours